Category Archives: Document Library Seeks Volunteer Research Assistants is seeking volunteer research assistants to assist with enhancing the resources it provides.

Three priority projects are:

  1. Advising on the best bibliographic style to use for’s Bibliography and Document Library.
  2. Editing the existing Bibliography and Document Library to conform all entries to the chosen bibliographic style.
  3. Searching for public domain copies of documents cited in the Bibliography but not yet included in the Document Library, for addition to the Document Library.

Useful skills include:

  1. Knowledge and proficiency in bibliographic styles.
  2. Knowledge of sources and research methods for retrieval of copies of cited works.
  3. Basic familiarity with copyright for recognition of when a copy of a work is in the public domain.
  4. Editing of documents in either word processing or HTML form, with rudimentary understanding of styles in word processors or Cascading Style Sheets in HTML.

These are voluntary positions. No economic, financial, or remunerative compensation is offered. The work of selected assistants will be acknowledged, however, on, and it could be referenced on resumes.

Interested persons may contact the Editor of at trh at midrivers dot com. In addition to expressing interest, helpful information to include is:

  • basic educational background
  • background in bibliographic, research, or library
  • interest in Luther’s catechisms


Additions to Lutheran Catechism Document Library – 1-14-2017

Following is a list of recent additions to the Document Library.

Booe, Phil, “Cooperative Catechesis: A Model for Equipping Lutheran Parents and Pastors to Catechize Children in the Christian Faith,” Selected excepts prepared for the March 16, 2016 Winkel at Hudson, New York.

Dau, W.H.T. “How Can We Prove Our Gratitude for Luther’s Small Catechism?” Lutheran School Journal, S 1929, pp. 8-12, 60-66

Haemig, Mary Jane: “Catechisms,” in: European History Online (EGO), published by the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG), Mainz 2014-07-28. URL: URN: urn:nbn:de:0159-2014051909 [2016-12-30]

Lose, George William, Catechism Bible Narratives: A Series of Bible Narratives on the Five Chief Parts of Luther’s Smaller Catechism for Use in Lutheran Sunday Schools (Columbus, Ohio: Lutheran Book Concern, 1915).

Luther, Martin, Did My Baptism Count?, trans. James C. Strawn (Minneapolis: Lutheran Press, 2006).

Luther, Martin, How Is Christ There?, (from sermon on the Sacrament of Christ’s body and blood against the fanatics), trans. Holger Sonntag (Minneapolis: Lutheran Press, 2011).

Pless, John T., “Fidelity to the Catechism: In Prayer and Teaching,” presentation to “Society of the Holy Trinity Festival of the Resurrection, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saint Luke, Chicago, Illinois, April 1, 2005.

Pless, John T., “Reformation Catechesis: Then & Now, ” Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference, February 6, 2016 (Powerpoint presentation).

Scaer, David P., “The New Translation of Luther’s Small Catechism: Is it Faithful to Luther’s Spirit?” David P. Scaer and Robert D. Preus, eds., Luther’s Catechims — 450 Years: Essays Commemorating the Small and Large Catechisms of Dr. Martin Luther, p. 32 (Fort Wayne: Concordia Theological Seminary, 1979).

Zwanepol, Klass, “The structure and dynamics of Luther’s Catechism,” Acta Theologica 2011 31(2): 394-411

Recent Additions to the Document Library

Following is a list of recent additions to the Document Library.

Charles P. Arand, “Luther’s Catechism as a Map for Life’s Journey,” Reformation & Revival, vol. 10, no. 2, Spring 2001, pp.  49-61.

Johnston, Paul I., “Christian Education in the Thought of Johann Michael Reu,” Concordia Theological Quarterly, vol. 58, nos. 2-3, pp. 93-111

Luther, Martin. Luther’s Two Catechisms Explained by Himself, in Six Classic Writings. Trans. John Nicholas Lenker. Minneapolis, MN: Luther, 1908.

Kolb, Robert, “The Layman’s Bible: The Use of Luther’s Catechisms in the German Late Reformation,” Luther’s Catechisms – 450 Years (Fort Wayne: Concordia Theological Seminary Press, 1979), 16-26, 75-79

Mueller, J. Theodore, “Professional Growth in the Study of the Confessions,” Concordia Theological Monthly, vol. IX, no. 4, April 1938, 257-268.

Nestingen, James Arne, “The Lord’s Prayer in Luther’s Catechism,” Word & World, vol. 22, no. 1, Winter 2002, 36-48.

Reu, M. Catechetics or Theory and Practice of Religious Instruction. Chicago: Wartburg House, 1918.

Rueter, David L., “What is Catechesis Anyway,” chapter 1 in Teaching the Faith at Home (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2016).

Triglot Concordia: The Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, English Edition, Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States, 1917.